The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

Penguin Random House hold a book cover design competition every year for students, and their 2017 chosen text for the Children's Cover Award was Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾.

The brief specified that it should be designed for a new generation of readers, communicate the themes of the book's narrative, and avoid clichés.

My design references Adrian Mole's façade of sophisticated intellectualism. When viewed from the front, the book looks like an expensive leather-bound diary, but on turning it over, a rougher, more flawed side is revealed.

For more details about the working process, read my blog post.